The rumors started up after the Florida Legislature failed to hear a motion that would allow the voters to decide on a joint project to renovate Sun Life Stadium. Without the renovations, Miami will be passed over when the NFL chooses the next two cities to host the Super Bowl, and the Dolphins thought they had the votes to have the motion passed.
Unfortunately, the motion was never heard, and now the obligatory threats have begun.
No one should be surprised that the Dolphins are having a hard time getting any help from the state. The people of Florida are still stinging after footing the bill for the Miami Marlins’ new stadium. The cost could be accepted if owner Jeffrey Loria and his henchmen hadn’t sold off all of their high-priced talent and tried to justify their cheap replacements.
The sour taste left from the Marlins experience has made it much more difficult for the Dolphins to get the money they need, so it should come as no surprise that their CEO Mike Dee is suggesting the franchise could move to Los Angeles.
Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross has sworn he would never move, but Dee has recently been talking about Ross possibly selling the team to an owner who would move the franchise. It reeks of a shakedown, and it is a move the public has seen time and time again when a sports franchise is not given what it desires.
The Dolphins won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. There is just too much history for an owner to come in and just tear the franchise from its roots. Could it happen? Yes, of course, but the Dolphins are far from being at that particular bridge.
The fans have a say in this matter as well. They can show up and support their team on Sundays. Too many times, Sun Life looks like a sea of orange seats when it should look like a mass of humanity. The common excuse of Miami having too many other activities to offer is proven false every time the Miami Heat take the floor. The difference between the Heat, Marlins and Dolphins is simply that the Heat are winners.
The Dolphins are in prime position to become winners, too. They say that winning changes everything, and in this case, it’s true. If Ross fields a team that wins, the seats will fill. The die-hard fans might want to call out those of the bandwagon variety, but they need to squash that urge. The more bodies that fill Sun Life, the more unlikely the Dolphins will ever move.
Miami may have lost out on hosting the Super Bowl in the next two years, but you can believe the Dolphins are not done trying to get their motion heard. This situation could improve as quickly as it deteriorated.
The threats, and the rumors, are just that: threats and rumors. They carry no weight at this time and with the money Ross has dumped into the Dolphins this offseason, they make no sense. This is simply posturing and blustering for the sake of the politics, and the sides will work this out before it gets out of hand.
The Dolphins belong in Miami and they are not going anywhere.